Three-time world half marathon champion Geoffrey Kamworor and reigning Commonwealth Games 800m champion Wycliffe Kinyamal were the winners of Sports Journalists Association of Kenya (SJAK) and StarTimes for the month of March and April Sports Personality of the month respectively.
Coming from Global Sports Communication (GSC) athletics training camp based in Kaptagat, Uasin Gishu County, the duo were much happy as the winners.
The awards were awarded in front of other world-leading runners like reigning Olympic Games marathon champion Eliud Kipchoge, former 3,000m Steeplechase champion Brimin Kipruto, former world 3,000m steeplechase champion Hyvin Kiyeng, world and Olympic marathon champion Stephen Kiprotich, former world marathon champion Abel Kirui, Rotterdam marathon champion Philemon Rono among others.
Kamworor won the journalists award following his exploits during the world half marathon held on 24th March 2018 in Valencia, Spain.
The reigning New York marathon champion, who beat then world marathon record holder won a hat-trick in the 21km distance.
The two-time world cross country champion said the award is a recipe for good performance in his career and a motivator for upcoming athletes both in his camp and others.
“I am happy that Kenyan journalists can recognize our efforts as athletes. With such awards, we are able to motivate others to run better in future,” said the all surface runner.
The Chepkorio born runner won silver at the Olympic Games and silver at the world championships in 10,000m behind England’s Mo Farah.
Kamworor beat other five nominees led by five-time Safari rally champion Carl Flash Tundo, volleyball player Triza Atuka, former world under 20 3,000m steeplechase champion Celiiphine Cgespol and another runner Alfred Barkach to claim the title.
Kinyamal, who started running professional athletics career two years ago, emerged top in the April Month following his exploits in the 2018 Commonwealth Games that were held in Gold Coast Australia in April.
Kinyamal won the first gold for Kenya in 800m in Australia, being his major title since taking up athletics as a career, reclaiming the two-lap race from world record holder David Rudisha.
With his focus to competing at the London Diamond League Kinyamal was voted massively by journalists beating all-time 3,000m steeplechase champion Conseslus Kipruto, Commonwealth games 1,500m champion Elijah Manangoi, boxer Christine Ongare, the Commonwealth bronze and rally driver Manvir Baryan .
The east Africa Junior 800m champion was excited, receiving an award within two years in the career.
“With such awards, we as upcoming athletes have the potential to work hard in our career,” said Kinyamal.
Kamworor and Kinyamal Apart from the trophy, Kamworor received kshs 100,000 and a 42-inch digital television set.
SJAK President Chris Mbaisi expressed optimism that Kamworor and Kinyamal’s recognition will motivate other up and coming sportsmen and women to excel in their respective fields.